Ormond on Frampton undercard

by Gazette Reporter

QUARRYVALE’S Stephen Ormond is set to fight Barcelona-based Karim El Ouazghari for the WBO European Lightweight title as part of an eye-catching bout on the Carl Frampton undercard on April 4 in the Odyssey Arena.

It will be Ormond’s third defence of the European title as he continues to build his reputation as a potential contender for a world title following just one contentious loss from his 17 bouts to date.

In El Ouazghari, known as El Diablo, he faces a solid contender with 16 wins from his 22 outings though he has two losses in his past three fights. Those were both title flights, one for the IBF Intercontinental lightweight belt, the other the WBO European light-welterweight strap, showing he is not averse to the big stage.

For Ormond, it is his first fight of 2014 having clocked up four wins in 2013 to win the BUI Irish Boxer of the Year gong and he says that the Spaniard has plenty about him to make this a good bout to further his personal credentials, especially after his defeat of the fancied Derry Matthews.

“He fought Kevin Mitchell and some of the names around the division,” he told Irish-boxing.com “He is ranked, too, so it’s a chance for me to build toward that world title and impresses.

“I fight who the team tell me but I didn’t want a no name or a nobody I want to build on the Derry win. That is the only way to improve and this fight gives me the chance to do that. I am focused on this fight but I hope a world title fight is a few more fights away.”

The venue and occasion for the fight is also a strong opportunity for Ormond with 9,000 potential fans in the Odyssey for the night. The full undercard was released on Tuesday in the Europa Hotel and Ormond has said that this kind of event is sure to provide a great spectacle.

“I am delighted to be on the Frampton card. Big time! Carl is a lovely fella and a great fighter. I went to watch him fight in the Odyssey last year and the atmosphere was unbelievable. I can’t wait to fight in front of a crowd like that. They really got behind him and the atmosphere was electric.

“I believe I need a couple more fights and then I want a world title. I am delighted to be on Carl’s bills, but hopefully I can get a big show in Dublin too. I think the time is right. In terms of boxing I just want to get busy and move toward a world title, but it would be great to have some big fights in Dublin too,” said Ormond.

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